Lazy Seamstress

Here in the North West of the United Kingdom it is grey and wet and windy. Actually that’s pretty much how it is all over the UK right now, I’m grateful we have at least escaped the dreadful flooding that is happening in the south. In an attempt to counteract the greyness and lift my [...]


This dress is a mix up of two patterns, the first used for the bodice is my favourite vintage pattern, and the second, a simple circle skirt. The fabric is a gorgeous teal and navy wool with great softness and drape. Sadly I didn’t notice a flaw in the weave until after I had sewn [...]


I used this 1960′s/70′s fabric to make up a Lady Skater dress. The fabric was £3 from my local vintage village. A fairly typical synthetic from that era, mildly see through and with only one way stretch. Not exactly the right fabric for the pattern, but I thought it was worth a try. I’m fairly [...]


I recently bought a 1970′s maxi skirt in a charity shop. I fell in love with the Art Deco print despite the fabric being horribly synthetic, and the skirt having the teeniest tiniest waist possible. I knew there was enough fabric in the skirt to make something that would fit me. I cut off the [...]


I picked up some fabulous vintage flanelette sheets recently in my favourite charity shop, of course I had to make some pyjamas. I used a pair of my comfiest pyjamas to draft a pattern. I used french seams throughout for comfort and finished off the top with some lovely vintage buttons. I’m really happy with [...]


I couldn’t resist making another dress from this pattern. I love the fit and the practical style. It’s just such an easy dress to wear. This time I used a 100% cotton with a woven floral stripe pattern. I had to do a bit of careful cutting to make sure the pattern didn’t look awkward [...]


My first dress for this Autmn. Made using a vintage pattern bought at a local vintage market, and with vintage cotton fabric bought in a charity shop. I even used a vintage zip, also bought from a charity shop some years ago. The only new bits on this dress is the thread and the green [...]


This is my first post for We Sew Retro. this is a dress I’ve been meaning to make for quite some time and even after cutting it out a couple of months ago, it was still weeks before I actually began putting it together. During those weeks I’d somehow managed to lose the instructions, so [...]